Virtual Walk Date: 04/25/2020
Virtual Walk Location: Facebook and Instagram (more info. below)
Virtual Walk Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Tova Reddick-Starkel
Contact Phone: 406-465-4471
Contact Email: [email protected]
HOW TO PARTICIPATE VIRTUALLY
We are excited to bring this event to you virtually through the following options to participate on Sat., April 25 from 1 – 4 p.m. Here is how you can join the upcoming event and provide support for suicide prevention:
· Participants can register as a Virtual Walker at https://afsp.org/easthelena. If you have already registered in advance, no need to change registration to virtual walker for the event.
· The virtual event will be hosted on the following social media outlets for you to follow along between now and April 25th to interact with us for the virtual event, including our virtual resource fair!
Share these hashtags to show your support for suicide prevention and the East Helena Out of the Darkness Campus Walk:
We will host the virtual walk event from 1 – 4 p.m. on Saturday for you to participate from your location. After the opening ceremony, or any time that afternoon, you are encouraged to post your photos, videos or other content from your individual walk on the walk’s Facebook page, event page and Instagram. Doing so will help bring hope to the event because even though we may be physically apart, we still stand together with our Lewis and Clark County Family in the fight against suicide.
1:30 pm - Join the #HereForYou Challenge by selecting 5 people you are there for and giving them a shout out on social media with #hereforyou and tag @OOTDEastHelena or @AFSPMontana.
1:45 pm - #WhyIWalk - Share with us your reason for walking in support of suicide prevention. Learn how to share your story safely by checking out this helpful information from AFSP here.
2:00 pm – Welcome presented by Walk Chairwoman Tova Reddick-Starkel
2:05 – 2:30 pm - Virtual Walk Event Speakers: Keynote Cari Paige, followed by Mayor James Schell and East Helena Schools Superintendent Ron Whitmoyer
2:30 pm – 4 p.m. Virtual Walk - Take a walk with your quarantine crew, snap a photo or take a video on your walk with your poster and share with @OOTDEastHelena or @AFSPMontana for us to follow along.
Warm up before the actual walk and cool down after
Pace yourself yet make it a challenge
Wear appropriate shoes
Stay hydrated, bring water
Be Safe: Walk into traffic and move aside for vehicles, tell someone where you are going, use only one headphone or earbud
Dress appropriately for the weather
Maintain six feet of distance between yourself and other walkers unless they are a member of your household
Spring Meadow Lake State Park
Wildlife + water = the makings of a terrific course! The loop is a little less than a mile, but you can do more if you head over to Tenmile Creek Park. Great for stroller and little ones with short legs and lots of energy.
Mount Helena Trailhead
For a team that enjoys a tough pull to the summit, Mount Helena is your walk spot! So many trails, so many options! Be sure to dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear to wherever you walk to #StompOutSuicide!
Capitol Mile Loop
Enjoyable loop, partly on paved trail through the trees, partly on sidewalk.
Tenmile Creek Park
A nice flat route - you can bring a stroller, bikes for the kids, heck, bring the dog! Beauty all around you and a great place for healing and reflection as you help #StompOutSuicide.
Ready, set, walk! With a paved loop and many options to deviate from the course, Centennial Park is a great path to take your time and collect your thoughts. Great for strollers and kids! Add variety to this loop by taking some of the loop connectors.
Beavercreek to Hauser Dam (and back or vice-versa)!
This walk along the Missouri is fabulous. Whether you get on the trail from Beavercreek or access by walking over Hauser Dam and taking a left to get on the path, it will not disappoint. So beautiful, fish everywhere and lots of places to stop and listen to the water and the quiet. It is a little rocky at points so be careful and wear appropriate footwear!
James P. Sutherland Park
A short trail along Prickly Pear Creek, you can listen to the water as you walk with your thoughts. Head toward Montana City from East Helena past Kleffner Ranch, across from Ashgrove Cement Plant.
The Valley Drive Walking Path in East Helena
Bring the dogs, bring the kids, bring your walk team!!! This course was set to be part of today's Campus Walk route. And while practicing social distancing, it's still an option for teams.
It can be used as an out-and-back course or include a couple of streets in La Casa Grande!
A neighborhood near you
Don't feel like venturing out but want to support the virtual East Helena Walk? No problem! Take to your nearby neighborhood street! Whether it is a block, a mile, or a mountain, we appreciate your support today in helping us #StompOutSuicide!
Other locations to try out for your virtual Walk:
Looking for something else? Visit these websites for more beautiful and appropriate areas to stroll or hike:
Learn about local trails at https://pricklypearlt.org/trails/, www.helenamt.com/hiking-helena-montana-trails/, https://www.fs.usda.gov/hlcnf/ and https://www.helenamt.gov/government/departments/parks/open-lands-trails
We are so appreciative of your support, and we hope you will join us and continue promoting the importance of conversations around suicide prevention. If you have questions or concerns regarding the event, please contact Tova Reddick-Starkel at [email protected]
Having trouble registering? Click here to view a step-by-step guide. Refer to page 1 if you’re registering yourself, page 5 if you’re registering someone else through your own account, or page 8 if you’re signing up in person on the day of the event. Be sure to also check out some of the Frequently Asked Questions on page 10.
If you’ve already registered and would like to either create a new team or join an existing one, log into your AFSP account and click on the “change team membership” option on the right hand side of your dashboard tab (on mobile you’ll need to click “dashboard” first).
Encourage everyone you know to REGISTER, DONATE, and JOIN the movement to save lives!
Please help promote the event through your social media outlets! Use #OutoftheDarkness
Raise $100 by 04/25/2020 and receive an official Out of the Darkness Campus Walk T-shirt!
Remember, in addition to fundraising online, you will be able to turn in additional cash or check donations at the registration table the day of the Walk.
Losing someone to suicide or struggling with a mental health condition can sometimes feel as if no one understands what you are going through. Wearing honor beads the day of the walk is a way to show each other that we are all connected to the cause, and that no one is alone.
There is an honor bead for everyone, whether you have lost a loved one, struggle personally, support a friend and/or family member, or all of the above.
The Out of the Darkness Campus Walk is a journey of remembrance, hope, support, and a walk that unites a campus and community – a time to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental illness have affected our lives and our loved ones.
Online registration closes at noon the Friday before the walk. However, anyone who would like to participate can register in person at the walk from the time check-in begins until the walk starts. Walk donations are accepted until June 30th.
When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Walks, you join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow AFSP to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.
As the leader in the fight against suicide, and thanks to walkers like you from cities across the country, AFSP has been able to set a goal to reduce the annual suicide rate 20% by 2025.
Click the Register Now button at the top of the page to get started right away.